Artcodex is a group of artists who all have their own individual practice but also enjoy collaborating on larger projects. At the core of our collective practice is an investigation of contemporary social, political and economic issues. The War Show, a series of exhibitions exploring the idea of antagonistic collaboration, invited artists to duel through their artwork, and was staged in several forms: as duels between pairs of artists in Tactics at Future Prospects in Manila, Philippines; as a group attack in Invasion at Art of This in Minneapolis, MN; and as a war of history in Archive at ABC No Rio in New York City. Themes we have addressed in our projects include Native vs. Non-Native, Gentrification, Homeland Security, and Boom Town Economics. In 2007, Artcodex was invited to Elsewhere in Greensboro, NC to participate in an experimental residency, and produced a short video, The Curse of Kudzu Mountain. In Fall 2010, artcodex organized a show in Minneapolis around the themes of foreclosure and real estate. More information on that project, No Assumption, can be found on the project's blog.
The collective members vary from project to project, but at its core, artcodex is composed of Vandana Jain, Mike Estabrook, Brian Higbee, Glen Einbinder, Manny Migrino, Ernest Concepcion, and Jenn Berklich. Other participants in the past have included the following: Dormafe Balyuos-Fox, Dorothy Royale, Sarah Kipp, Mona Kamal, and David Gould.